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Oregon sends strike teams, equipment to California wildfires

Some of the Red Cross responders are from Astoria

Associated Press

Published on December 6, 2017 10:10AM


PORTLAND — Ten strike teams from all over the state and 15 Red Cross disaster relief responders are on their way to help battle several massive blazes and provide relief north of Los Angeles.

Some of the Red Cross responders are from Astoria.

Responders from Oregon and southwest Washington will work in disaster relief shelters and deliver medical aid to those staying in the shelters. Additional deployments are expected in the next few days.

The largest and most destructive of the fires, an 85-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had nearly reached the Pacific on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles inland a day earlier. The fires have burned more 80,000 acres. Nearly 200,000 people have been told to evacuate their homes and more than 430 of them spent Tuesday night at seven Red Cross shelters

Strikes teams from Oregon will come from Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath and Yamhill counties. A combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties and a team from the Rogue Valley area are also en route.

State fire officials say five more strike teams will be dispatched later Wednesday. The Oregon Fire Marshal said Wednesday it is also sending heavy equipment to help.



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